Soon it will be Purim with much to do to prepare. If you haven’t already discovered the SANITY-SAVING BENEFITS of using a CHECKLIST, here’s the perfect opportunity to try one out. Why is this checklist different from all other checklists? Because this list addresses the ORGANIZATION ASPECTS of Purim and being organized will INCREASE JOY and REDUCE STRESS. Isn’t that what we want in a holiday (plus some chocolate with zero calories…)? Wishing you a joyous Purim! from Karen, The Klutter Koach
MAKE SPACE. Purge your refrigerator. Toss forgotten leftovers or expired items.
DESIGNATE. Designate a shelf in the fridge for perishables/drinks for Purim-only items.
CREATE A SHOPPING LIST. Use a shopping list and write down what’s needed for seuda, mishloach manot, disposable items, etc. Include healthy nosh to counteract non-healthy nosh.
MAKE STATIONS. Decide on a specific location for costumes, an assembly area for mishloach manot, and a place for borrowed items. Designate a basket or container to hold costumes. By putting all costumes in one place, you will know where to find them for the next wearing.
MAP IT OUT. Plan a delivery route for Purim day. Whether walking, driving, or using public transportation, make a plan of attack for delivering your mishloach manot.
GATHER. If you don’t already have a ‘Purim Box’ create one. I recommend using a see-through plastic box. Contain all noisemakers, Megilot, extra bags, and decorations here. Then next year it will be a breeze to find your Purim things.
CHECK TIMES. Check times for Megila reading. Post them on your fridge, message center, send yourself a Google Calendar reminder, or post on a family WhatsApp
GET CASH. Go to the ATM so you have money for matonos levyonim and tzedakah collectors.
USE DISPOSABLES. Have disposables on-hand for meals. The counters will be cluttered up already without adding stacks of dirty dishes.
PRE-FAST FOOD DECISIONS. Decide what the non-fasting members of the family will eat during the Fast of Esther. Make a ‘nosh and nibble platter’ so everyone can help themselves.
MAKE MORE STATIONS. Clear off a counter, table, or set up a card table. Decide where misloach manot packages that have been delivered to you will be put on Purim Day.
PREPARE SUPPLIES. Gather supplies for misloach manot. Put all bags, boxes, ribbons, and name labels in one place.
LABEL. Have one box or basket for each family member labeled with their name. Purpose: to have a place to put MMs that get delivered. There is nothing worse than family members having misplaced goodies or squabble over whose is whose.
PUT OUT PAPER AND PENS. Set out a pad of paper and pens. If things show up when you’re out, someone else can write down who came and what was received. In theory, they should put the goodies in the designated family member’s box or basket.
FOOD OPTIONS FOR PURIM DAY. Put out healthy nosh. Have apple slices, dried fruit, hard-boiled eggs, mini sandwiches (or whatever else your family likes). Purpose: to have ‘grab ‘n go’ options besides candy and junk food. Do this when breakfast is being prepared.
ACCESSIBLE CLEANING TOOLS. Have a trash can and broom easily accessible. Prepare for chaos and mess throughout the day, but having these tools on hand will make cleanup easier if you can do a little here and there. Have trash bags on-hand
POST THE SCHEDULE. Have a tentative schedule posted or notes on your electronic device. What time is Megila reading? What time does the seuda start? What time are teachers having students stop by?